Hope for Hard Times
WHO/WHAT DOES THE CHURCH THINK IT IS?
1 Peter 2:4-10
1. A Spiritual House—an eternal dwelling place for the Spirit of God (2:5,9).
Living stones—shaped to fit your intended place
Holy Priesthood— offering spiritual sacrifices—from Christ, through Christ, for Christ
2. Led by the Best--Rejection by men is not the standard by which God values things (2:4, 6-8).
Living Stone—have to come to Him and keep coming to Him.
Precious—the God of all the treasures of the universe treasures Christ as precious; that must instruct our affections.
3. Never Disappointed—you can’t lose; forces against can’t win (2:6-8).
Cornerstone/ Capstone—all of human history is required to line up from Jesus out.
Stumbling Stone/ Rock of offence—either come to Christ or you stumble over Him on your self-righteous journey to the God you can never reach.
4. A Multi-Flavoured Chosen Race—an end to racial tension in order to spread all this treasure to the nations.
Chosen Race/ Holy Nation/ A People for God’s Own Possession –a crave-Jesus race, new people group
Proclaiming the excellencies of Christ—spreading our cravings, satisfactions, joys, his love and mercy